XDefiant: Release date, time, platforms, gameplay & more

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XDefiant is the new team-based shooter from Ubisoft and here’s everything we know, including its release date, time, preload details, and more.

After Rainbow Six Siege, XDefiant is the latest 6v6 team-based FPS with a ton of game modes and maps to choose from. It also comes with a loadout system (a set of primary and secondary weapons along with some utility gadgets like stun and frag grenades), functioning similarly to the Call of Duty series.

The game was first introduced in July 2021 and it made a strong first impression on the COD community, with some labeling it as a “promising competitor.”

After several test sessions, XDefiant is finally set to release, and here’s everything you need to know about the shooter.


A screenshot of XDefiant from Ubisoft's website

XDefiant release date and time

XDefiant will be released on May 21, 2024, at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET / 6 pm BST. The game will start with a 6-week Preseason content, and a new Season will be released every three months.

You can start preloading starting May 16 at the times listed above.

What platforms will XDefiant be on?

XDefiant will be available for Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, and PC via Ubisoft Connect.

Previously, Ubisoft stated that their FPS title would be launching on previous-gen consoles. However, on May 2, they announced that they’ve “made the decision to focus only on current-gen consoles to keep a consistent standard of quality for the game.”

Trailer & gameplay details

Former Call of Duty devs and pro players helped create XDefiant. As such, the fast-paced FPS feels a lot like COD in many ways. The game will feature 14 maps and 5 game modes at launch.

Rubin, XDefiant’s Executive Producer, unveiled a roadmap with much more content scheduled in the pipeline.

In the game’s first year, Ubisoft plans on adding 4 new Factions, 12 new maps, and weapons, which will be spread across four seasons.

Every character will have access to the standard assortment of lethal and tactical equipment and can choose their own primary and secondary weapons, along with attachments to complete their loadout. You’ll even be able to tweak it on the fly after respawning.

However, unique abilities also charge over time. From Echelon’s Digital Ghillie Suit which makes them nearly invisible to Libertad’s BioVida Boost which self-heals itself, various classes have access to their own set of tools that will continue to recharge over time and you can use them several times in a single match.

Utilities like grenades or flashes won’t charge over time. You will only get another batch of gadgets only after getting eliminated.

XDefiant will also feature a 4v4 Ranked game mode. It’s an upcoming feature and at launch, the playlist is only limited to 4v4 versions of Domination, Occupy, Escort, and Zone Control.

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